Web-Exclusive News

As part of our efforts to provide loyal visitors to www.ohcanada.com with news and views they can use, OHS CANADA offers web-exclusive news. These articles are posted eight times a year to coincide with the release of each print edition of the magazine. As is the case with OHS CANADA, web-exclusive items reflect recent oh&s happenings throughout the country. The articles below, from December through January, are current as of the time of writing and many are based on stories that first appeared in our sister publication, CANADIAN OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY NEWS.

Ice in engine led to crash

FEDERAL — The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has determined that the ingestion of soft ice into a helicopter's engine led to a complete loss of power and subsequent crash.

Findings into fatality released

FEDERAL — Inadequate defences led to the accidental death of a crew member aboard the bulk carrier Federal Yoshino last May, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) concludes.

Fracking to be regulated

YELLOWKNIFE — The government of the Northwest Territories (NWT) will start developing regulations that will set out filing requirements for projects involving hydraulic fracturing.

Caution urged during roadworks season

RICHMOND — WorkSafeBC is reminding drivers to keep their eyes on the road as roadside work increases during the warmer months ahead.

Man charged after shooting

NANAIMO — Police in Nanaimo, British Columbia have laid criminal charges against a local man in connection with an early morning shooting at the Western Forest Products sawmill in late April.

Alberta launches Work Right campaign

EDMONTON — Alberta's Ministry of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour has launched a Work Right campaign to encourage workers and employers to ask questions if they are not sure of their rights and responsibilities.

Suncor sees fourth workplace fatality

FORT McMURRAY — A worker fatality at Suncor Energy in northern Alberta is the fourth death at the company's worksite since the beginning of the year.

Increase nursing hours: panel

NIPIGON — An independent panel of nursing experts has recommended increased registered-nursing hours for the acute care unit, emergency department and chronic unit at Nipigon District Memorial Hospital. The recommendations were made following a three-day Independent Assessment Committee hearing called by members of the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) in Toronto to resolve safety and quality of patient care concerns.

Union calls for reinstatement of bill

TORONTO — Unifor, Canada's largest union for workers in the private sector, is calling on candidates for the legislature to revive a bill that aims to classify post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a condition entitling first responders to workers' compensation.

Police officer treated following assault

WELLAND — A police officer was treated for minor injuries in hospital and released, after he was assaulted while responding to a theft complaint. During the evening of May 31, a member of the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) attended the area of Lincoln and Wellington Streets in the city of Welland, the NRPS said in a statement.

Criminal charges filed in derailment

LAC-MEGANTIC — Quebec's director of criminal and penal prosecutions has filed charges of criminal negligence causing death against three individuals and the company responsible for the train derailment in Lac-M├ęgantic, Quebec.

Inspections stepped up

SAINT JOHN — WorkSafeNB has stepped up inspections of commercial and residential worksites as construction projects ramp up.

Employers get rebates

HALIFAX — More than 1,200 employers in Nova Scotia's trucking and construction industries are receiving $1.45 million in rebates through the provincial workers' compensation board's (WCB) Practice Incentive Rebate Pilot Program.

Drilling company fined

ST. JOHN'S — The Atlantic division of Cabo Drilling Corporation has been fined for an incident in 2013 at the Duck Pond Mine Site, located about 80 kilometres from Badger, Newfoundland.